Chi-Yu graduated with First Class Honours and a PhD in Chemistry from St. John’s College Cambridge. He then studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with a DipRAM and won many prizes. He won the Britten-Pears Concerto Competition, and also was a wind finalist in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition. He was Principal E flat Clarinet of the RLPO, and joined the LSO in 1998.
He has played Principal with many UK orchestras and with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, including performances as soloist under Myung Whun Chung. Chi-Yu has played with the Nash Ensemble and Endymion and recently he performed the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio and Reich's New York Counterpoint at LSO St Luke's and also featured with the Worldwide Chinese Woodwind Soloists Octet in Beijing. Chi-Yu is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and has given masterclasses in China, Kazakhstan, Spain and USA.